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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WEEZER take on viral videos and Internet celebs in the new clip for "Pork and Beans."

THE RACONTEURS played DC's 9:30 Club last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand now via NPR.

LOU BARLOW talks to the Jerusalem Post (from Dublin) about juggling his gigs with Dinosaur, Jr. and Sebadoh.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Islands, Free Kitten, Futureheads, Butcher the Bear, Health and more are finally streaming in full via Spinner, icymi.

SPOON continues to roll out a free download every month; May brings the demo version of "Don't Let it Get You Down."

THE RAMONES remember rock 'n' roll radio -- do you?

CHESS RECORDS: Hollywood is making tow movies about thelegendary record label; Marshall Chess talks to The Independent about a history that stretches from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones to the Sugarhill Gang.

THE URBAN VERBS, a short-lived, Brian Eno produced, New Wave combo in the late 1970s, played a reunion show at DC's 9:30 Club last weekend -- and the club might not exist without them.  It's like George Bailey was a New Wave band.  You can stream the gig and an interview now via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY's upcoming Stay Positive album gets a track-by-track review in The Riverfront Times.  Springsteen gets name-checked (natch), but so are ELO, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Guns ‘n Roses, Led Zeppelin and early Elvis Costello.

THE LAST of the SHADOW PUPPETS may turn out shimmering pop songs of "the kind you might hear if Sinatra and Dusty Springfield knocked boots," but Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and Rascals' vocalist Miles Kane developed their sound after sampling early David Bowie.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON:  US magazine claims Lindsay's ex-con dad sent them an e-mail saying that their relationship "is evident to anyone with half a brain." OK! magazine reports that Michael Lohan denies any such statement.

JESSICA SIMPSON has released her first country track, "Come On Over." And for contemporary country, it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

BRADGELINA have reportedly signed a three-year lease on the 70 million-dollar, 880-acre estate called Chateau Miraval on the French Riviera.

BRITNEY SPEARS:  There are pictures in the Daily Mail of her new dude, who just happens to be an agent with the powerful William Morris talent agency that looks after the star.

PATRICK SWAYZE gives everyone an update on his medical condition via People magazine.

KIRSTEN DUNST tells E!'s Mark Malkin that she went to the Cirque Lodge center in Utah for treatment of depression, not substance abuse.

CHRISTIAN BALE talks to Details magazine about being the Dark Knight, never having a plan B, and always swimming against the current.

SHARON STONE thinks the Chinese earthquake which claimed tens of thousands of lives may be karmic payback for China's policy towards the Tibetans. I think she could get a slot on the 700 Club.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro answered 60 live questions from fans for a site affiliated with the special effects wizards of WETA. Transcript at the link.

THE REAL INDIANA JONES? Otto Rahn was an archaeologist who fell foul of the Nazis while searching for the Holy Grail.

SYDNEY POLLACK, an eclectic and prolific director, actor and producer, died of cancer Monday at 73. The NYT's A.O. Scott surveys Pollack's wide-ranging career in film. At The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg has a funny little reminiscence of his brushes with Pollack.  Watch him work in Tootsie and Michael Clayton.

ISLAMISM in the US: No one knows how many Muslims in the US live in polygamous families. But according to academics researching the issue, estimates range from 50K to 100K people.

UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS have been sexually abusing children as young as six years old, according to a new report from a UK charity.  This is at least the fifth such scandal, which seem to be an annual event.

IRAN may be withholding information needed to establish whether it tried to make nuclear arms, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday in an unusually strongly worded report. Cue Claude Rains.

IRAQ: Iraqi Special Operations Forces have captured a senior Mahdi Army Special Groups leader in the Shula neighborhood in the Ghazaliyah district in northwestern Baghdad. As violence continues in Sadr City, public tolerance for the Mahdi Army, and by association the Sadr movement, seems to be shifting toward the same sort of resentment once reserved for US and Iraqi forces. US forces captured a Special Groups EFP expert in Suwayrah. Iraqi troops seized 17 EFPs, 28 IEDs, 99 anti-tank mines, and a host of weapons in Sadr City. Muqtada al-Sadr is calling on followers to hold weekly protests against a long-term security deal that the Iraqi government and US are negotiating. Iraq's main Sunni Arab political bloc said on Wednesday it had suspended talks to rejoin the Shi'ite-led government after a disagreement with Prime Minister al-Maliki over a cabinet post.

TAMA the CAT saves a struggling train company, is promoted and given her own office.

BULLDOG PUPS: Awww...some pics.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant squirrels are eating the displays at a popular open-air museum in Helsinki.

THE HORROR FROG:  Bizarre and hairy, Trichobatrachus robustus actively breaks its own bones to produce claws that puncture their way out of the frog's toe pads, probably when it is threatened.

SCORPION ATTACK in a West Virginia Wal-Mart.  No doubt it was attracted by the falling prices.

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